Monday, March 10, 2014

Dayton: 11 Months

We were traveling over your 11 month birthday, so this is a little late! We've had a very, very busy month! Wow, your daddy and I just cannot believe how big you are getting. Every day we look at each other and say, "Where did this big boy come from?"

We think you weigh about 22 lbs and will see how much you've grown just after your 1st birthday when we visit Dr. Davis.

How cute are you this month (and every month!)?

Here's what you've been up to this month:

-You used a spoon for the first time on January 30th and are a huge fan. We still do lots of finger foods, but you love to try your best to get food in your mouth with a spoon!
-You have started throwing a ball. This is one of mommy's favorite things to do with you. You have a soft soccer ball you love to throw!
-You have now signed please! It can take a lot of convincing from mommy.
-We noticed that you clapped your hands on February 8th! You were so proud of yourself. Now you're clapping all the time. You've even started clapping at the right moment during your beloved Baby Einstein videos.
-Grandpa Bills taught you how to "ah-choo!" You have the cutest little fake sneeze, complete with you throwing your head back!
-You have started using your new push toy! You can walk behind it on the rug, but on the hardwood it moves too quick and you crawl behind it.
-You are so, so ticklish. Daddy doesn't even have to be tickling you, just wiggling his fingers makes you go into a riot!

Here are more pictures of your sweetness this month!

Daddy and I are so excited to celebrate your 1st birthday in a few weeks. We are incredibly blessed to have you as a part of our family. God knew what he was doing!!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dayton: 10 Months

BUSY. This is the best way to describe our month with you, Dayton. We are chasing your sweet busyness all over the house.

We think you're right at 20 lbs, but I thought that at 8 months and you only weighed 19 at your 9 month appointment. I'm clearly not good at guessing.

Your 10 month photo shoot was almost hard to capture because you're so active and full of life!

Here's what you've been up to this month:

-First real cold and first sick visit at the pediatrician -of course they go hand in hand. The congestion will not go away.
-You started crawling forward on January 9th and are so crazy proud of yourself. The whole house is now fair game!
-Your Grammie & Grandpa Al were over for a quick hello on January 19th, and you waved goodbye to them. They were so excited and so were we!
-You spent every weekday for a week and a half at the Congdon's house while Nana Jan was visiting family in Virginia. You were so good! I think Miss Jenn and her kids were ready to keep you! It sure warmed your mama's heart that you played so well and were such a good boy. We were blessed to have their help!

Here are a few more pictures of your fun month!

{Playdate with Josiah}

{Sweetest little sleeper -ever!}

{Our happy guy}


{More exploring of course}

We are so thankful you are growing and developing into such a personality filled little bear. Mama & Daddy love you, buns!!!
Friday, January 3, 2014

Baby's First Christmas

We had a lot of wonderful Christmas celebrations this year. We started off with a Hefke Family Christmas Party, then enjoyed a whole day of celebrating Christmas with the Bills clan at Josh's dad's house. We read the Christmas story, enjoyed singing carols, made gingerbread houses, opened gifts and celebrated our Savior's birth. The next day Josh, Dayton and I celebrated Christmas at our house. We opened gifts, made a yummy breakfast and just loved being a little family of 3. It was so much fun. Dayton loved opening his gifts and sitting in his big boy chair.

The Friday before Christmas, we headed out to Oklahoma to spend a week with my family. Dayton was such an awesome little road trip traveler. We already knew he was great on planes, but were happy to see a long trip didn't seem to phase him much. We stopped to spend the night in Indianapolis and on Saturday headed out for the second half. We made a lunch pitstop in St Louis to see my some of my mom's family. We met my Aunt Marie & Uncle Ernie, cousin, Stan, his sweet wife, Carrie and their two little girls, Charlotte & Emily. This was their first time to see Dayton and also the first of my extended family to meet him. Family time is always so precious and we soaked up as much as we could before getting back on the road. {Side note: If you're ever in the St Louis area, I would highly recommend popping into one the two Russell Cafe locations, where we ate. They had a great lunch menu and out of this world bakery items -including gooey butter cake that the STL Junior League put on the map.} 

We also made a very, very quick stop to hug my sweet friend Abbey and her mom, Lacey, and kids. They hadn't met Dayton yet. I think he made a quick friend in her sweet son, Zion. Friends that will always be more like family!

Here are some pictures from Dayton's awesome first Christmas!

Hefke Christmas 
{If he only realized who's lap he was actually on!}

{Finally no tears}

Bills' Christmas Eve
 {Homemade Pizza}

{Christmas PJs}

Bills Family Christmas
{Singing Carols}

{Reading the Christmas Story with Grandpa}

{First Christmas for cousins!!!}

{Lots of love and gifts}

{Handmade Hobbes from Uncle Tim}

{Jemmy Bear and her new bone}

{New bib from Dax's Banana}

{Baby Booties with our boys' birth stats -LOVE them!}

{Our little snowman}

Dayton's First Christmas
{Tree and gifts}

{Stockings are hung!}

{Our sweet boy}

{Love the boy & his new chair}

{First stocking}

{A new car!}

{Loves all his new toys!}

{Daddy helping open gifts!}

 {Loving his new aquarium}

Oklahoma Christmas
{Christmas Sunday!}

{Pa and Nana!!!!}

{Grayson and Dayton meet}

{Graham cheesing for the camera}

{Little mama}

{Sweet cousins}

{Meeting Santa!!!}

{Graham, Connor, Claire}

{Mama's pretty table}

{Christmas Eve babies}

{There's no more room!}

{Opening stockings}

Christmas Day
{Uncle Josh & Connor}

{Pure Chaos}

{Where's the food? Come on, Pa!}

{Candy Cane Monsters}

{The Bills Family - 2013}

We are so thankful for our Savior coming to earth and had such a wonderful time celebrating. Now may we continue to celebrate his birth, death and resurrection throughout the new year!

Stephanie, Josh, Dayton and Toby